What if when things got hard, we flipped the conversation in our heads? We often say I can’t do this, or I’m not good at this, or I’m too out of shape already. You already know this is a victim mentality!
Let’s say you’re training one morning, you are squatting the way your coach asks you to, and you are feeling uncomfortable moving in a different way than before. In this event, we usually decide to go back to our old movement pattern OR call it quits on that movement for the day. Maybe, if it’s awful, we have a mental breakdown and start to question why we are even there in the first place. Quite possibly we repeat this process each time the movement comes up.
These are all reactive actions! How can we be proactive when we start to have these feelings?
Number one: relax instead of freaking out, take a second to be still and think. Perhaps take a seat or lay down to focus on your breathing. Focus on your breath. Holding your breath or short quick breaths will cause our bodies to tense up. This only makes it worse.
Now let’s make the connection between that example and the exponential number of stressors in your life. Whether your mind is jumping to experiences within work, school, or even relationships the above recommendation will make a world of difference. Take a second and focus on your breathing patterns. Doing so will allow for you to separate from your instinctive reaction and reflect on whether you are demonstrating the correct reaction to the situation.
Your mind is yours, so control your mindset! I’ll take this back to the example above that involves training. It’s important to know that if you are having pain or struggling with a movement that your coach/trainer has taught you, it’s likely because we are attacking your limiting factors.
Your body is going to be a little pissed off! We may automatically think when we feel uncomfortable, we are doing damage and need to stop immediately. That is likely not the case and requires a mindset shift.
Learn to listen to your body! Those who have had an acute injury before can relate exactly to what we are talking about! There is a big difference between feeling “pain” or being uncomfortable and an actual injury.
Now for the 10,000-foot view… attacking limiting factors, changing routine, and mentally working through disconfirming information in any aspect of life is not comfortable. Yet, this is exactly what needs to be done.
Want to improve your strengths and attack your weaknesses? Stop looking for compliments and start looking for constructive feedback. By moving toward a growth mindset; there is no such thing as failure, only feedback that fosters improvement. Keep improving friends!
Darren Hansen is the owner of HansenAthletics and Director of Marketing at Streamline Sports Physical Therapy. After receiving in degree in Exercise Science and competing nationally in Olympic Weightlifting he’s obtained a wide range of certifications pertaining to Strength and Conditioning and currently works with a diverse population of athletes/clients worldwide. Darren volunteers within ISU’s Strength and Conditioning program and previously coached at Utah State and the University of Utah. Let’s talk: 208-569-1533 Darren@Streamlinesportspt.com Social Platforms: @hansenathletics & @streamlinesportspt
Sneak Peek: Next week check back for part 3 “Perception: Turning Pain Into Progress.”